Department of Catholic Schools Staff


DR. Anthony cook
Superintendent of catholic schools

An alumnus of Aquinas Institute, Dr. Anthony Cook has served Catholic schools in the Diocese of Rochester since 2004. Prior to being named Superintendent in 2013, Dr. Cook was the Principal at Seton Catholic School, located in Brighton, NY. As the spiritual and instructional leader of Seton, he managed several capital improvement projects, including a state-of-the-art science classroom. 

From 2008-2011, Dr. Cook served as Dean of Students at Aquinas Institute’s Junior High School. In this role, Dr. Cook focused on student, parent, and faculty relations with regards to student management. Aside from his role as Dean, from 2004-2011 Dr. Cook taught various Social Studies classes in Grades 7-12. In the summer of 2011, Anthony taught as an Adjunct Professor in the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program at the University of Notre Dame, preparing future Catholic school leaders.

Dr. Cook holds a Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Rochester's Warner School, a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Geneseo, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from SUNY Geneseo. Superintendent Cook is certified in New York State as a School District Leader, School Building Leader, and Teacher.


Mr. Jim Tauzel
Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction

Jim Tauzel joined the Diocese of Rochester in January 2015 and served as the Principal of All Saints Academy in Corning before moving to the Department of Catholic Schools in July 2017. Prior to his time in the Southern Tier, Jim worked in South Texas with Donna ISD. Originally placed there with Teach For America, Jim served as an 8th Grade Science Teacher and Campus Department Leader before joining the Curriculum Office to work with Grades 6-12 as the Secondary Science Strategist.

As the Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction, Jim works with principals and teachers to assess and improve curriculum resources and classroom instructional practices. Mr. Tauzel has a passion for curriculum design and development and enjoys working with, and learning from, teachers of all experience levels and backgrounds. He enjoys the unique opportunities that Catholic Education lends to the field of Curriculum and Instruction, believing that students learn best in an environment that blends their spiritual development with their academic, physical, and emotional advancement.

Jim received his Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas – Pan American and his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Cornell University. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, and when not working with curriculum and schools, likes spending time outdoors and working with animals.


Mrs. Ann Frank
Coordinator of Assessment and Professional Growth

As the Coordinator of Assessment and Professional Growth, Ann Frank's primary functions are to coordinate the planning and implementation of all diocesan staff development experiences for Catholic schools. Mrs. Frank serves as a resource to administrators and teachers in the area of staff development and faith formation, administers the assessment program for schools throughout the Diocese, and provides leadership and support to school administrators in implementing assessment programs.

Ann earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Education from Nazareth College. Before working for the Catholic Schools, she was a program director/instructor at a private business college. She belongs to several professional education organizations and serves on the New York State Interdiocesan Curriculum Committee.


Ms. Rebecca Williams
Business Manager

As the Business Manager of Catholic Schools & the Business Manager of Siena Catholic Academy, Ms. Rebecca Williams has served the Diocese of Rochester since October 2014. Rebecca is responsible for the preparation and implementation of the annual Diocese of Rochester school budgets, monitoring of all Catholic school budgets, and for making appropriate recommendations to the Superintendent of Schools, CFO, and School Board.

Prior to coming to the Diocese, Rebecca was the Controller at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, NY for 15 years where she directed, interpreted, and monitored all accounting and budgeting aspects of the club’s operations as well as evaluated policies, trends, and increased profit possibilities.  In addition, she worked with the PGA of America as the Club Controller on the 2013 PGA, 2008 Senior PGA and 2003 PGA events held at Oak Hill County Club.

Rebecca Williams received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Syracuse University where she was the Vice President of Operations for the Accounting Association, Investment Club member, Dean’s Advisory Board member, and Society of Woman Managers member. She lives in Hilton, NY with her two sons Adam and Brian. 


Sister Francella Quinn, SSJ
Administrative Assistant in Records

Sister Francella Quinn is a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester, NY. She holds a BS in Elementary Education and a BA in English from Nazareth College. She obtained her Masters in Educational Administration and a Certificate of Advanced Studies from New York State University at Brockport. Sister is certified as a Supervising Principal and School District Administrator.

Sister is a former teacher and administrator in the Diocese of Rochester and Adult Education Teacher and Mentor in the Public School System. Sister currently works as an Administrative Assistant in the Catholic Schools Office and has dedicated over 55 years to the field of education.

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Mrs. Sharon Hockwater
Administrative Assistant

As the Administrative Assistant for the Department of Catholic Schools, Mrs. Sharon Hockwater is pleased to be able to support the administrative team and the Diocesan Catholic schools. In addition, Mrs. Hockwater serves as the SEVIS Coordinator for several Catholic schools. Sharon previously worked at Seton Catholic School for 15 years as Administrative Assistant.

Sharon earned an A.A.S. degree in Executive Secretarial Science at Monroe Community College. She has enjoyed a variety of volunteer work over the years at the Penfield Central School District, Visiting Nurse Service, Girl Scouts and ARC of Ontario. Sharon is married and has two grown daughters.